I can’t believe how few people have commented on yesterday’s Kuch Kuch post! Oh well, they make me happy, so I will keep going. And this one I find really fun!
Not every fictional story can provide the kind of tantalizing “but what would have happened if….?” discussions, we have to feel like we have such strong sense of the characters that we can predict what they would have done if things were different. And I guess care enough about them that we find it interesting to talk about. Hopefully I am not the only one who feels that way about Kuch Kuch!
Okay, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai “what if”s:
What if Rani never arrived at college? Would Shahrukh and Kajol have realized they were in love ever? Would Shahrukh have just fallen for someone else instead?
The thing is, meeting Rani wakes Shahrukh up to love, and his speech about it (pyaar dosti hai) is what wakes Kajol up to love. She was the necessary catalyst in their romance. So, what would have happened without her? Would Shahrukh and Kajol just have stayed friends and never switched to lovers? Would Shahrukh have fallen in love with some other pretty girl before Kajol had time to grow up? Or would they have stayed friends until Kajol finished growing up and then fallen in love?
What if Kajol never heard the “love is friendship” speech?
Kajol and Shahrukh are platonic friends, new girl Rani arrives on campus, but Shahrukh gives her the “love is friendship” speech where Kajol can’t overhear and Kajol never starts thinking of him as a romantic prospect. Would Kajol never start thinking of Shahrukh as more than a friend, would they just be platonic friends forever with Shahrukh happily married to Rani? Would Kajol still have her moment of awakening, but later? Or would Shahrukh be the one who starts to see Kajol differently as he and Kajol and Rani spend more time together? Or would it be Rani who sees Kajol and Shahrukh together as friends for months and feels like a third wheel?
What if Kajol spoke first and told Shahrukh she was in love with him before he told her he was in love with Rani?
Ooo, wouldn’t that have been juicy? Would Shahrukh have immediately reciprocated? Would he have put off his proposal to Rani and slept on it and realized he really loved Kajol? Would it have changed nothing?
What if Kajol didn’t leave college?
From what we know of Kajol’s character, I can neither see her sitting down and deciding to fight for Shahrukh, or voluntarily sticking around to have her heart broken more and more. But she had the convenient out of her family problems letting her leave in the middle of term. What if her family refused to let her come home, insisted she at least finish out the semester, forcing her to be there but avoid Shahrukh? Would Kajol being there but refusing to talk to Shahrukh make him realize how much he needed her before it was too late? Would Kajol having to watch Shahrukh and Rani be in love help her resolve her feelings and find peace so she could move on? Would depression and disinterest have lead to her maturing make-over early (what’s the point of sports wear if you don’t feel like playing)?
What if Rani didn’t die?
Would Rani have reached out to Kajol after a few years so she and Shahrukh could still be friends? Would Kajol have been able to honestly move on and happily marry Salman? Or would Shahrukh and Kajol just end up having an affair, emotional or physical?
What if Salman hadn’t shown up just in time for Kajol to say “I love you” to the wrong man?
If Kajol had confessed her love to Shahrukh after the Gazebo dance, would they have had sex? Or just kissed and exchanged “I love you”s? With that definitive statement, would Shahrukh have felt brave enough to openly fight Salman for her? Would Kajol have broken her engagement? Even if they didn’t say anything, would their behavior have been so clear that Salman would have broken off the engagement immediately himself?
There’s plenty of other “what ifs”!
What if Kajol married Salman before she met Shahrukh again?
What if Rani didn’t die AND Kajol married Salman before they met again?
What if Shahrukh and Kajol had spoken when they had their accidental phone call before he went to the camp?
What if Shahrukh had read the letters to his daughter right after Rani died, 8 years earlier than the start of the film?